Biggest 2022 Movies

2022'S BIGGEST MOVIES

2022'S BIGGEST MOVIES

From The Flash and Black Adam to the return of James Cameron's Avatar and more sequels than you can shake a stick at, there's a smorgasbord of genre treats awaiting film fans in 2022, Omicron permitting. Matthew Turner takes a sneak peek.

SCREAM, January 14

Set 25 years after the events of the first Scream movie, this sequel-slash-reboot sees a whole new group of Woodsboro teens terrorized by a mysterious killer in the Ghostface mask. Original stars Neve Campbell, David Arquette, and Courteney Cox all reprise their roles from the first four Scream movies, so expect plenty of meta jokes. This is the first film in the series not to be directed by Wes Craven, who died in 2015, but original screenwriter Kevin Williamson is on board as executive producer, so the franchise looks to be in safe hands. 

MOONFALL, February 4

Part disaster movie and part weird alien invasion thriller, this big-budget sci-fi flick stars Patrick Wilson, Halle Berry, and Game of Thrones' John Bradley as a pair of astronauts and a conspiracy theorist trying to save the world when the Moon enters a collision course with Earth. It's directed by disaster specialist Roland Emmerich, who can stage global destruction with the best of them, though the CGI on the alien whatever-it-is looks a bit dodgy on the trailer.

UNCHARTED, February 18  

Based on the popular videogames of the same name, this action-adventure thriller stars Mark Wahlberg and Tom Holland as a pair of treasure hunters searching for “the greatest treasure never found”. The trailer promises plenty of action and some thrilling set-pieces, including a parachute-less Holland falling out of a plane and a jaw-dropping, pirate-style invasion between two ancient galleons as they're being carried by helicopters. Fun fact: the film has spent so long in development that Wahlberg was originally meant to play Holland's part in 2010.

THE BATMAN, March 4

Reworked for star Robert Pattinson after Ben Affleck departed the Bat-suit, Matt Reeves' eagerly-awaited Batman movie sees the Caped Crusader taking on serial killer the Riddler (Paul Dano), with a little help from Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz). We already know Pattinson can do brooding intensity with the best of them, so he seems a good fit for Batman, though his hair seems somewhat floppy for Bruce Wayne, based on the trailer. Still, Reeves seems to have a strong handle on the character, citing several key Bat-comics as inspiration, and the rest of the Bat-cast is extremely promising, with Andy Serkis on board as Alfred, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, and Colin Farrell as the Penguin. 

MORBIUS, January 28

Based on the Marvel Comics character Morbius the Living Vampire, this superhero adventure is the direct result of Sony still owning all the rights to secondary Spider-Man characters. Intended as the second film in Marvel's Sony Universe (after Venom), Morbius stars Jared Leto as scientist Michael Morbius, who becomes afflicted with a form of vampirism after trying to cure himself of a rare blood disease. Matt Smith co-stars as Morbius' friend-turned-enemy Loxias Crown.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2, April 8

The speedy blue hedgehog is back, and this time he's bringing his friends. As hinted in a post-credits sting at the end of 2020's Sonic movie, the sequel features flying fox Tails (voiced by Colleen O'Shaughnessey), who joins forces with super-fast Sonic (Ben Schwartz) when the villainous Doctor Eggman (Jim Carrey, complete with hilarious mustache) returns to wreak havoc. However, there's a shock in store for Sonic, as Eggman recruits super-strong Knuckles the Echidna (Idris Elba) to his cause. 

FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE, April 15

Following various production problems, ranging from Covid delays to the recasting of Johnny Depp (Mads Mikkelsen now plays evil wizard Grindelwald), the third film in the Fantastic Beasts franchise edges ever closer to the Harry Potter movies, with a young Dumbledore (Jude Law) at the heart of the story and Hogwarts a central location. Set in the 1930s, the plot sees Dumbledore recruiting magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and his friends for a dangerous mission as Grindelwald amasses an army for an upcoming war against Muggles. In addition to Dan Fogel's wise-cracking Jacob, the threequel appears to have acquired some additional comic relief in the form of Newt's stick insect friend, who already looks like a cheeky Groot off-shoot.  

DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS, May 6

The MCU's first big outing for 2022 is this sequel to Doctor Strange (2016), which directly follows the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home and the TV shows WandaVision and Loki. When Strange opens a door to the multiverse (really, you'd think he'd have learned his lesson after Spider-Man), he releases an evil version of himself that threatens the universe. To combat, er, himself, Strange recruits Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), as well as super-powered teenager America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), a popular comics character making her big-screen debut. With acclaimed director and genre maestro Sam Raimi on board, it's safe to say that anticipation for Marvel's 28th MCU movie is currently sky-high. No pressure! 

JOHN WICK, CHAPTER 4, May 27

Keanu Reeves returns as sharp-suited former-assassin-turned-fugitive John Wick in this fourth installment of the epic punch-up franchise. Little is known about the new film at this point, but given that the ending of the previous movie involved a beaten and wounded Wick joining forces with the Bowery King (Reeves' former Matrix co-star Laurence Fishburne), it seems likely that the pair will be recruiting various other fighters to take on the criminal organization the High Table. Story-wise, there's a slight cause for concern in that franchise creator Derek Kolstad is no longer involved in the project, but action supremo Chad Stahelski is back in the director's chair, so the punch-ups are in safe hands. 

TOP GUN: MAVERICK, May 27

Has anyone really been wondering what Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) has been up to during the 34 years since Top Gun was released? This sequel certainly hopes so, although the answer turns out to be “still flying planes”. The trailer doesn't give much away in terms of plot, but Miles Teller plays a trainee pilot (the son of the first film's “Goose”) and the cast includes the likes of Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, and Jennifer Connelly alongside returning original cast members Cruise and Val Kilmer. Fans of the original may lament the apparent downgrading of the cheese factor, but there's sure to be plenty of super-fast plane action. 

JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION, June 10

Set four years after the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the sixth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise sees dinosaurs attacking humans all over the world, a direct result of genetically engineered dinos being auctioned to evil companies and released on the US mainland. Worse, they're apparently breeding, which will presumably mean we'll get cute baby dinosaurs at some point. For fans of the long-running franchise, the big news is that original cast members Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum are all set to reprise their roles from the original movies, alongside Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, with director Colin Trevorrow confirming that they'll all have equal screen time. As to whether any of them will get chomped by dinosaurs, we'll have to wait and see. 

THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER, July 8 

  

Chris Hemsworth's Thor becomes the first MCU superhero to get four solo movies with Thor: Love and Thunder, a direct sequel to 2017's huge hit Thor: Ragnarok. Co-writer / director Taika Waititi was a significant part of Ragnarok's success and he's back on board for Love and Thunder, part of which will see Natalie Portman's Jane Foster taking on the mantle and powers of Thor while suffering from cancer. The rest of the plot is being kept under wraps for the moment, but we do know that Tessa Thompson is back as Valkyrie (now the new ruler of Asgard) and that the Guardians of the Galaxy cast are all confirmed to appear, one way or another. We also know that Christian Bale has been cast as Thor supervillain Gorr the God Butcher and Russell Crowe will apparently be making a cameo as Olympian god Zeus. Bring the thunder! And the love, obviously, but mostly the thunder.

BLACK ADAM, July 29

Intended as a spin-off from DC's popular hit Shazam (2019), Black Adam stars Dwayne Johnson as an Ancient Egyptian anti-hero from Kahndaq, seeking revenge after being imprisoned for 5,000 years. He has the same powers as Shazam (including the signature bolt of lightning on his chest) and is Shazam's archenemy in the comics. In fact, Johnson was originally supposed to play the character in the 2019 movie, until producers decided to give the character his own film. Though Shazam star Zachary Levi is not set to appear (although don't bet against a cameo), the film will feature several other DC superheroes, including various members of the Justice Society of America, most notably Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate and Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher.  

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 7, September 30 You'd think Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt would have learned by now that his missions are actually quite possible after all, but nevertheless, he's back for a seventh entry in the popular stunt-heavy franchise, once again written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who previously delivered the series' high point with Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Plot details are still being kept under wraps, but Esai Morales plays the film's primary villain and Hayley Atwell has been cast in an as-yet-undisclosed role, while Vanessa Kirby will almost certainly have more to do this time around as the White Widow. Whether the film can top the spectacular helicopter stunt from Fallout, however, remains to be seen. 

SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE PT.1, October 7

After the phenomenal success of 2018's animated adventure Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, a sequel was only going to be a matter of time and this one is so big it's been split into two movies. Other than the teaser trailer, which shows Gwen Stacy / Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld) recruiting Miles Morales / Spider-Man (Shameik Moore) for another adventure into the Spider-Verse (like the Multiverse, but with more spiders), all we know about the new movie is that it will include versions of Miguel O'Hara / Spider-Man 2099 (Oscar Isaac) and Jessica Drew / Spider-Woman (Issa Rae) and will also function as a launchpad for a more female-focused spin-off film starring Steinfeld. Either way, October can't come soon enough – consider our spider-senses tingling.

THE FLASH, November 4

The solo movie for DC's speedy superhero the Flash has been so long in production that it's hard to believe it will actually be out this year. The film follows Flashpoint, one of the most famous storylines from the comics, in which Barry Allen / The Flash (Ezra Miller) travels back in time to prevent his mother's murder and inadvertently creates a dark alternate timeline in the process. Given that multiverses are sooooo hot right now, the film is also set to include appearances from Michael Keaton's Batman as well as Ben Affleck's Batman, while Michael Shannon reprises his Man of Steel role as Superman villain General Zod and Sasha Calle has been cast as Supergirl. Also, given that Miller briefly appeared as an alternate Flash on the CW TV show's Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, it seems entirely reasonable that CW Flash Grant Gustin will return the favor here. 

BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER, November 11 Following the tragic death of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman from colon cancer in August 2020, speculation has been at a fever pitch for what the Black Panther sequel might look like. The production team – including producer Kevin Feige and returning director Ryan Coogler – have made the bold decision not to recast the role of Black Panther, which strongly suggests that the sequel will center on the search for his successor. The most likely contender would seem to be T'Challa's genius inventor sister Shuri (Letitia Wright), who inherited the role in the comics and whose role has reportedly been significantly expanded for the sequel. The film will also feature the live-action debut of Riri Williams / Ironheart (played by Dominique Thorne), another genius inventor who creates a suit similar to Iron Man's. It also seems likely that Marvel are stealthily moving towards a Young Avengers movie, given Ironheart's appearance here and America Chavez's introduction in the Doctor Strange sequel. You heard it here first, etc.  

AVATAR 2, December 16

James Cameron's blue-skinned aliens the Na'vi return for the first of four planned sequels to 2009 smash hit Avatar. Little is known about the plot at this point, beyond the fact that the consciousness of human Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) is now permanently inside his alien avatar and that he has raised a family with Na'vi alien Neytiri (Zoe Saldana). Story hints so far suggest that Sully and Neytiri will be facing the return of an old threat and in doing so will leave their home and explore different regions of the planet Pandora, including Metkayina, home to a clan of reef people. Cameron has apparently been pioneering underwater motion-capture technology and the entire cast were required to learn freediving, so expect Metkayina to be somewhat on the damp side. Casting-wise, Avatar 2 will also mark the reunion between Cameron and Titanic star Kate Winslet, who's back in the water tank to play Ronal, a Metkayina free-diver. 

AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM, December 16

Jason Momoa returns as DC's aquatic superhero in this sequel to the 2018 hit. Plot details are thin on the ground at the time of writing, but the teaser video from DC's Fandome event suggests that Candyman's Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will be returning as supervillain Black Manta, who's out to kill Aquaman in revenge for the death of his father, while Patrick Wilson is also back as Aquaman's duplicitous half-brother Orm. In the same video, returning director James Wan suggests this will be a globe-trotting adventure, while the title suggests there'll be a stronger focus on Aquaman's general mythology. Just as long as we get to see the octopus playing the drums again, that's all we ask.